Deborah Damast, Master Teacher of Dance Education has been named president of the New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA).
The NYSDEA is comprised of dance education professionals, students, and institutions. The organization works to advocate, promote, support, and strengthen dance education throughout the state. Members are provided with numerous opportunities for networking and professional development. The NYSDEA also works with national bodies to strengthen dance as an art form and as an educational tool.
“We are very proud to announce that Deborah Damast has been elected President of NYSDEA, our state affiliate of National Dance Education Organization,” remarked Dr. Susan Koff, Director of Dance Education at NYU Steinhardt. “Deborah's service to this organization will give our students a direct link to the advocacy, professional development and networking that are strengths of this organization. This is an extension of the role model that Deborah already provides for our students. We can now share her fine mentorship with the entire State of New York.”
As president, Damast will provide general and active direction of its business and supervise its officers, members, agents, and employees.
NYSDEA/NDEO has an NYU student chapter that is very active at state and national conferences and boasts a strong NYU alumni network that continues to grow each year.
“This role will allow me to connect NYU students, alumni, and faculty with other dance educators from the state and integrate best practices in dance education into our coursework. The NYU Steinhardt Dance Education Program has always had a strong presence in the National Dance Education Organization and our state affiliate, NYSDEA, and my role as president will continue to help strengthen our presence both statewide and nationally,” Damast said.
Damast has been teaching in the Dance Education program since 2002. At NYU Steinhardt she directs the Kaleidoscope Dancers and the annual dance concerts. She also leads the program’s study abroad intersession course in Uganda each January, and teaches classes in Technique and Pedagogy, Production and Concert Preparation, and Teaching Creative Movement to Children.
Outside of NYU, Damast works with the Little Red School House/Elizabeth Irwin High School, Peridance Center, and 92nd Street Y. She has choreographed and danced professionally in New York, nationally, and internationally, and has taught and directed numerous classes and workshops to children, adults, and professional dancers.